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This is Padré. A rescue lab mix that's been part of our family for two days. Our first family pet ever, and it's clear that he's home. He's at home with us and we're at home with him.  Everyone's making fun of me because this dog was supposed to be an answer to the kids' entreaties. But guess who is checking on him at night and filling up his treat jar? Like so many other times in my life, I didn't know what I was missing. (Thank you to Happy Tails, Happy Homes. You hooked us UP!) And, surprise, he is completely food-focused. He was a stray, so I can't even glance toward the kitchen without him perking up. I think he'll fit right in.

I've heard through the grapevine that some pictures of our house are in order. It's funny how reticent I've been to go public. I think it's because I'm used to seeing the perfectly curated, soft-lit photos on Pinterest. Ah, the sin of comparison. I had a pivotal conversation with my (very accomplished) friend Geoff once about my consulting practice. I said, "Why would someone hire me when they can hire YOU?" He said, "Sarah, if we all thought like that, there would be no point in getting out of bed in the morning." It's not about being the best. It's about being ourselves.

So here's my bedroom.


And the meditation corner in my office.


And our living/dining/cooking area.


All these spots are becoming so beloved to me. Little by little, we're finding systems for sorting mail, storing tupperware, keeping the old food disposal working. Are there more beautiful homes in the world? Of course. Are there more organized pantries? Hell, yes! But they're not mine. Gift after gift.

Home is at the top of the list. But there are other things I'm feeling thankful for lately:

  1. Stillpoint at Beckside where I took a solo retreat this week and felt the Spirit drowning out my fears, insecurities, and hang-ups. Two labyrinths, a little cabin, and lots of clarity.
  2. Watching the Super Bowl with my father-in law and listening to him give Wyatt a lesson in football.
  3. Padré. Padré. 
  4. Friday Afternoon Club with our new friends Jen and Jason.
  5. Deep water running with Liz and my new walking partner Molly.
  6. Loretta's sixth birthday. I'm so nostalgic this year about her birth, her chubby babyhood, and the crazy blessing of being a mother. 
  7. Earl gray tea brewed in the teapot Yancey bought for me. Whole milk, a little sugar, and winter's not so bad.

One of the thing I realized on my retreat was that I miss writing. So I hope to be here more. And I'm happy when I think about you, with your busy life, being here with me. Namaste. 

Reader Comments (8)

Thank you.
February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline in SF
Your home is so beautiful Sarah! You and Yancey have a gorgeous shared vision. I want to come retreat there again! And, congratulations on your beautiful puppy. I love his face. That's a good looking dog.
February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Gallucci
Blessings, blessings! We can see in Padre's face the definite belonging in YOUR home----with you and Yancey, Wyatt and Loretta! May he come to represent all the goodness and nurturing that came to us in the form of our first dog, Hahne! Her first owners parted sadly with her, since their 2 year old's asthma proved very troublesome, led to allergy testing, and lo and behold, DOGS were top of the list. So she was two, and had been a teenage mother to 3 nice pups who grew up, and then she came to live with Gary and Lynn, Johnny and Karen, when Karen was about one. She had herding in her bloodline, and she thought she was the children's grandmother, protecting and looking out for them in our (fenced) backyard. We loved her dearly, and had to conduct a major wake when we had to part with her when she was 15 and nearly blind, nearly deaf, and very weak. She's buried in our yard wrapped in Johnny's favorite blanket, and we have awesome photos of her on vacation with all of us, and we treasure the memory of the years we shared! Blessings, blessings!
February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn M
Hi Sarah, I've been checking out your blog for 4-5 months now and really like it. I'm a "leftoverist" too- and some mighty good, but sometimes strange, things have come from putting together what's there into a meal. Our lives are very different-I have no kids and live more rural (county seat has 500 people)- but I feel we're on the same wave-length. What prompted me to finally write is Padre! I'm the happy caretaker of 5 rescued dogs and I can't imagine life without them and I know he is going to enrich your life unbelievably. Thanks for sharing your stories and thoughts.
February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMindy
Sarah Murphy Kangas! I LOVE your blog! So fun to read your comments and make your delicious meals! Thank you for sharing your gifts and wonderful wisdom. You were always so amazing in that NHM kitchen, whipping something up out of nothing and saying "Oh it's easy, anyone can do it!" With your blog now we can! Well done, keep it up. I shared your link with some friends today and one of them "pinned it" although I imagine you have alreday been "pinned!" Love and blessings to you and your family!
February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNora
Congratulations on the new member of the family! He does seem to fit in with your family. I hope you all continue to love him; I'm sure your kids will enjoy growing up with him!
The house pictures are amazing - I love the open kitchen/dining/family room. It is very family oriented and very happy-looking ... very inviting. I think that's what we all strive for in our own homes, but it's hard to achieve. I'm glad to hear things are settling in well after the move, and keep up the posts - we miss your writing, too!
February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine
I just stumbled across your blog today while looking up galette receipes. I look forward to following your adventures in leftovers. Welcome to Padre and Happy Family Day to him. We have three rescue dogs, first one came from abusive homes, second was a stray puppy, third was dumped around Christmas time a couple of years ago. We couldn't love them more.
February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKyra
I've visited your blog here and there since I was in college, and always find that your thoughts ring true with yearnings in my heart. Like Mindy, I find the images, recipes, and reflections you share resonate. I was delighted by the coincidence that we have the same calendar in our meditation space ;) and happier still to hear that you plan to write more. Type on!
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

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